Wanda Gibson-Scipio

Faculty Profile


Program of Research title

Bridging Transitions and Technology to Promote Asthma Care in the Community

Destination Statement

My research is focused on the reduction of health disparities among youth with a chronic disease. I want them to be able to manage their disease in a manner that is contextually relevant to their stage of development.



Populations of interests

  • Parent/Child dyads
  • Adolescents/emerging adults (ages 18-29)
  • African American
  • Urban Populations

Program of Research

Wanda Gibson-Scipio Ph.D., FNP- BC, FAANP College of Nursing Assistant Professor at Wayne State University, has focused her research on understanding the unmet health care needs of urban youth with asthma that contributes to significant disease morbidity and mortality. She is especially interested in addressing these needs using mobile technology as a vehicle for delivering behavioral health interventions as they transition from pediatric to adult health care. Her latest research project was funded by the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation. The purpose of this project was to identify how youth would use mobile phones to support their health care transition readiness needs.

Office Address

346 Cohn 





Office Hours

 By appointment. 


● BSN -­ Wayne State University

● MSN -­ Wayne State University

● PhD -­ Michigan State University

● Post Masters Certificate Nursing Education -­ Wayne State University

● Post Masters Certificate Family Nurse Practitioner -­ George Washington University

Clinical Area(s) of Expertise

• Chronic Disease Management
• Adolescent and Emerging Adult Health
• Behavior Change Using MI
• The Use of technology to support behavior change
• Health Care Transitions of Youth with Special Health Care Needs
• Community Health Management Collaborations and Program Development
• Health Disparities

Selected Publications

* = data based

Gibson-Scipio, W., Krouse, H. J. (2018). Barriers to self -management in African American Adolescents with asthma. Journal of Clinical
Outcomes Management 25,


*Tsilimingras, D., Gibson-Scipio, W., Benkert, R., Hudson, L., Liu, x., Zhang, L., Reed, T., & Markova, T. (2018). An evaluation of the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program. Journal of Family Medicine and Community Health, 5(5), 1-7.

*Tsilimingras, D., Gibson-Scipio, W., Clancy, K., Hudson, L., Liu, X., Mendez, J., Benkert, R. (2018). Interprofessional education during an autism session. Journal of Communication Disorders, 76, 71-78.


*MacDonell, K. K., Naar S., Gibson-Scipio,W. Bruzzese, J. M, Wang, B., & Brody, A. (2018). The Detroit Young Adult Asthma Project: Proposal for a multi-component technology intervention for African American emerging adults with asthma. Journal of Medical Internet Research, Research Protocols, 7, retrieved from http://www.researchprotocols.org/2018/5/e98/


*MacDonell, K. K., Naar, S., Gibson-Scipio, W., Lam, P., Secord, E. (2016). The Detroit young adult asthma project: Pilot of a technology-based medication adherence intervention for African American emerging adults. Journal of Adolescent Health, 59, 465-471.
doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jadohealth.2016.05.016

*Gibson-Scipio, W., Gourdin, D., & Krouse, H. J. (2015). "Asthma self-management goals, beliefs and behaviors of urban African American adolescents prior to transitioning to adult health care." Journal of Pediatric Nursing. Advanced online publication. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.pedn.2015.06.012.

Lewis-Newby, M., Wicclair, M., Pope, T., Rushton, C., Curlin, F., Diekema, D., Durrer, D., Ehlenbach, W., Gibson-Scipio, W., Glavan, B., Langer, L., Manthous, C., Rose, C., Scardella, A., Shanawani, H., Siegel, M.D., Halpern, S.D., Truog, R.D., & White, D.B. (2015). "Managing conscientious objections in intensive care medicine: An official policy statement of the American thoracic society." American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 191(2), 219-227.


*MacDonell, K., Carcone, A., Naar-King, S., Gibson-Scipio, W., & Lam, P. (2014). "African American emerging adults’ perspectives on taking asthma controller medication: Adherence in the age of feeling in between." Journal of Adolescent Research. Advanced online publication. DOI: 10.1177/0743558414561299.   

*Gibson-Scipio, W. & Krouse, H. J. (2013). "Goals, beliefs, and concerns of urban caregivers of middle and older adolescents with asthma." Journal of Asthma, 50, 242-249.

*Kolmodin-MacDonell, K. K., Gibson-Scipio, W., Lam, P., & Naar-King, S. (2012). "Text Messaging to measure asthma medication use and symptoms in urban African American young adults: A feasibility study." Journal of Asthma, 49, 1092-1096.

*Joseph, C.L.M., Ownby, D. R., Havstad, S. L., Saltzgaber, S., Johnson, C. D., Peterson, E., Alexander, G., Lu, M., Gibson-Scipio, W., Cole Johnson, C. et al. (2013). "Evaluation of a web-based asthma management intervention program for urban teenagers: Reaching the hard to reach." Journal of Adolescent Health, 52, 419- 426.

*Joseph, C. L.M., Peterson, E., Havstad, S., Johnson, C. C., Hoerauf, S., Stringer, S., Gibson- Scipio, W., Ownby, D.R., Elston-Lafata, J., Pallonen, U., & Strecher, V. (2007). "A web-based, tailored asthma management program for urban African-American high school students." The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 9, 888-895.

Research Description

The use of mobile technology in disease self-management of urban African American Adolescents (14-17 years, and emerging adults (18-29 years) with asthma or other chronic disease.
Transitions in health care from pediatric to adult health care for adolescents and emerging adults with chronic diseases.

Affiliated Departments